We will not be publishing wires on Friday, April 19 in observance of the Easter holiday. We will resume our normal distribution schedule on Monday, April 22. Additionally, we will be combining the Shooting, Tactical and Outdoor Wires next Wednesday-Friday to cover the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana.
SIG SAUER introduces the new P365 BB Pistol. Modeled after the SIG SAUER P365 concealed carry pistol, this CO2-powered, semi-automatic BB pistol features realistic blowback action and is an exceptional training tool for personal defense. 
The 5 mph/no wake boating restriction has been removed at Nebraska's Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area in Hitchcock County.

CrossBreed Holsters will be attending the 148th National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The company will be showing their carry options for the Ruger Security 9c handgun in addition to holster fits for other firearms.
Real Avid is heading to Indianapolis to join thousands of 2nd Amendment supporters at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Stop at booth #1009 and watch staff members put Real Avid tools to work.
Patoka Lake will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on the water. Interpretive naturalists will lead a kayaking journey down the lake on May 11 at 9:30 a.m.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 42nd annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament state championship on April 27 at the John F. Lentz Hunter Education Complex in Ellerbe in Richmond County.

Taurus is following up the recent introduction of the company's latest big-bore revolver, the Raging Hunter, with a new caliber. Originally released in .44 Magnum, the Raging Hunter is now available in .357 Magnum.
There’s no match for Savage’s new MSR 15 Long Range. Savage engineers tuned barrel length specifically for the 224 Valkyrie cartridge to achieve peak accuracy at extreme range.
Thousands of stocked trout will be available to Indiana anglers on opening day of inland stream trout fishing on Saturday, April 27.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the state’s trophy striped bass season will begin April 20 and last through May 15.

With the signing of Senate Bill 486 on April 11, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas General Assembly have started the ball rolling to maintain the fantastic trout fishery that draws thousands of anglers from across the country to The Natural State each year.
Basic family fishing, nymph fishing, walleye and crappie fishing and cooking and fly fishing skills are all on the agenda in May.
- GEAR -
MTM introduces a practical way to transport and store the millions of 30 and 50 caliber metal ammo cans that are currently in use today. The Metal Ammo Can Tray is ideal for stacking, storing and carrying traditional metal military ammo cans.
Smart Brushes from Real Avid were designed with firearms maintenance in mind. Four different shaped heads --to fit in recesses and hard to reach areas -- come in two materials; phosphor bronze and nylon.

Unusually cool weather may have set back some of the choruses of bullfrogs this year, but for those hunter/angler hybrids waiting to skim a pond’s surface with a spotlight, bullfrog season opened April 15 and will run through Dec. 31, 2020.
FN America, LLC is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded an indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery contract, valued at up to $9.9 million, by Defense Logistics Agency to supply machine gun barrels over a five-year period ending in 2024.
RUAG Ammotec has taken contractually-defined recourse on Citizens Ammunition, LLC. RUAG has been loading the PRIME brand ammunition for several years. Well over a year ago Citizens stopped paying RUAG for the ammunition it sold and has refused to make any additional payments on the debt owed. This has forced RUAG to exercise its contractual rights through litigation and product sales.
Sage Creek at Moab, a Utah-based luxury resort property, announces is partnering with political commentator Glenn Beck to raise $1 million to fight child sex trafficking.

- JOBS -
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is seeking qualified candidates for the role of Chief Development Officer at its Headquarters in Bogart, Georgia.
The Outdoor Writers Association of America, the nation’s oldest and largest association of professional outdoors-focused communicators, is hiring a new full-time executive director.
DeSantis Gunhide introduces 12 holster fits for the Beretta APX Carry pistol. Along with these new holsters, DeSantis will exhibit many other items at the NRA Annual Meeting.

Choate Machine and Tool has introduced The Choate Modular Stock (C. Mod) chassis system, a true modular rifle stock that allows the user to change the forend or butt stock without removing the rifle action from the main chassis section.
HSM Ammunition of Stevensville, Montana, has added .458 SOCOM to the available calibers of their vaunted and popular BEAR LOAD family.
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This year's U.S. Army Best Ranger Competition will use the individual firearms mostly carried and used in WWII by the Rangers at the assault on Point du Hoc, on D-Day. Inland Manufacturing was chosen to supply the correct model 1944 M1 .30 caliber Carbines and 12-gauge Model M37 trench guns for this competition.
The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors and North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors Conference and Exhibitions drew over 367 distributors, exhibitors and attendees to the Hyatt Regency, April 7 – 9, for their annual meeting.

Sixteen year old competitive shooter Danyela D'Angelo will make a special appearance at the Kahr Firearms Group booth #6063 at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, IN.
Panteao Productions, LLC, in conjunction with Nighthawk Custom, is proud to announce a short film on Amazon Prime – Up Close with Sheriff Jim Wilson. This 37-minute documentary features writer, singer, gunslinger, Sheriff Jim Wilson, who is a legend of the great American southwest.
DSC is pleased that the U.S. Senate voted to confirm David Bernhardt, President Trump's nominee, to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI).
RISE Armament is producing a limited number of custom RA-140 Flat triggers that showcase the “Don’t Tread on Me” design of the Gadsden flag. It’s a special-edition product designed for NRA members and will be available at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings

A detailed look at factors that influence the accuracy potential of today’s big-game rifles highlights Sports Afield magazine’s May/June Hunting Rifles Issue, which hits newsstand shelves early next week.
This week, Outdoors Radio features Remy Battery president Mike Moeller, Sporting Dog Adventures host/producer Jeff Fuller and McFarland guide Ron Barefield. Jeff reports on last weekend’s MWC tournament. Dan reports on his youth turkey hunt.
If you’re just getting into kayak fishing, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out what you might need to get started. YakGear offers some tips for kayak accessories you’ll need as a beginner angler.
Honor Defense is now pleased to announce a 10% discount for Active-duty Military, Retired Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement & First Responders.

The Fostech Echo Sport is back in-stock at Proven Arms & Outfitters. It’s an economical pull and release trigger for the AR-15 platform.
The National Rifle Association’s 148th Annual Meetings and Exhibits will have its unofficial start at the 2019 National NRA Foundation BBQ & Auction at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Thursday, April 25, at 5:00 p.m. Funds raised at the attendee-favorite event sponsored by Henry Repeating Arms, Kimber and Century Arms—with a pre-event reception at 4 p.m. sponsored by SIG SAUER—benefit The NRA Foundation.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program thanks Rio Ammunition for continued support of their youth program. The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program across the United States.
Warren Dunes State Park, in Berrien County, has two enhancement projects lined up this spring and summer. There will be restricted road access during construction in order to allow the contractor to complete the work as quickly as possible.
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased to recognize the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division as its 2019 Agency of the Year.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet May 1-2 at the Florida Public Safety Institute, 85 Academy Drive, Havana, FL.
The creation of a new ORV park in southeastern Michigan is moving forward. The park will be located in a former sand and gravel mining operation in Groveland and Holly townships.
Captain Jack Carlson allows viewers to look inside the life of excitement that comes with professional fishing in Two Conchs Sportfishing TV on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on Sportsman Channel.
Very often the advice agency biologists give to callers who are concerned about wildlife in their backyards is to do nothing. While some encounters may call for action, the majority of the time, wildlife should be left alone and enjoyed from a distance.

I knew it was a good fish the minute I set the hook. What I didn’t know was this fish was going to become the fish I’d wish had gotten away. Certainly not my largest fish, but the one I’ll remember for a very long time.

As I maneuvered the fish toward the dock, my fishing companion shouted encouragement: “that’s a good fish.”

And I kept cranking. And realized I had the first of what turned into a series of problems.

The rod I’d picked up at the boathouse didn’t have enough drag to actually lift the fish. Plenty to control it, but not nearly enough to hoist it out of the water. I decided to just walk the fish down to the docks where I could get it at water level inside an empty boat well.

The fish was cooperating, so I was already celebrating my catch as I walked down the dock.

At this point, I’ll pause my fish story to offer some advice on fishing in the dark: if you’re not certain where you’re going - stop.

Now, back to the action…I’d glanced into the boat well where I hoped to land my “good fish” and noticed steps right down to the water. Not noticing they weren’t the full width of the boat well..not good. What should have been a short first step turned into the realization there weren’t any steps where I was.

Suddenly, it became debatable as to who was landing whom -because “my fish” had to dodge me as I abruptly joined him in the icy cold south Georgia water.

Fortunately (for the fish) my landing was stopped -abruptly- by the docking rail he’d ducked under. Unfortunately, (for me) same docking rail made a lasting impression on the right side of my rib cage. And I found myself in the water, unable to breathe, struggling to get to my feet and realizing that something was very wrong on my right side.

“Jim, Jim are you OK,” was the frantic call from my fishing partner. Instead of talking, I waved weakly, trying to get upright. Then I realized “my bass” was about to swim away with his trophy: the rod and reel. So, back in the water I flopped, grabbing the rod and hoisting my bass almost to waist level- just high enough to unhook and release him.

Don’t ask him, but I’d had more than enough excitement for the evening. Then, with a little help, I clambered out of the water, back onto the dock, and up to my room where I changed my sopping clothes for dry ones and crawled into the bed.

That’s when I realized I wasn’t hurt…I was injured. The next morning, unable to get out of bed, I called for help. A trip to the local hospital discovered my pratfall had fractured four ribs.

There’s a reason I’m sharing a story I’d really prefer to keep quiet - and it’s not sympathy.

It’s to explain why you haven’t seen any anything from me for the past week. I’ve been trying to heal- and painkillers, muscle relaxers and an inability to sit up straight haven’t encouraged coherence, much less creativity.

Fortunately, sentences are finally starting to string together. Because the second major event for the industry this year- the NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits - are next week in Indianapolis. Can’t imagine missing them -especially this year (more on that next week).

Tomorrow, however, you won’t be seeing any editions of our wires in your mailbox. In observance of Good Friday and the Easter holiday, we’re giving everyone time off for families.

I hope you’ll have the same opportunity to spend the Easter with family -and you’ll take a few minutes to reflect on the fact that Easter is about a lot more than hiding candy eggs or Easter baskets.

Have a great Easter. We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar

APRIL 25-28
148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

The 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits will be held Thursday, April 25, to Sunday, April 28, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.

MAY 6-8
Firearms Industry Compliance Conference

PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (Website)

JUNE 2-5
NSSF Industry Summit

Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Website)

JUNE 7-9
D.C. Project Foundation’s 3-Gun Fundraiser

Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, Texas. Contact: Dianna Muller Info:

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